About the book:
For fans of We Were Liars, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the megawealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate bu
t seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep
readers guessing until the very last line.
The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brien appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.
As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.
When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?
The story is about two teenage girls who become entangled with a psychopathic predator. We begin at the hospital with two girls , one unconscious and the other injured. A policeman wants to question the injured one about a certain suspect called Mark Redkin and soon we are taken to before the accident. Kate is a skilled liar who is a great con artist. She manipulative her way into a posh prep school, which she hopes will help get her a full ride to Yale. Olivia is rich with a penthouse apartment, unlimited funds, and a bright future. Both girls are blonde and beautiful and look very similar. So Kate sets out to con Olivia and uses her manipulating powers to become her BFF. Enter Mark, an administrator at the girls school. He works with the girls and his charms become somewhat dark. Olivia like him but Kate things otherwise. Mark is definitely the antagonist of the story. Everything about him was over the top with his remarks and his interactions with the girls. He was just creepy.
These are two damaged girls in a dysfunctional friendship. The only end game to this is a tragedy, which does happen. I didn’t have a hard time turning each page to see what happened. The pacing was a bit slow that sometimes kept the suspense down. I would often put the book down and wonder off and finish it later.
Told in Kate’s first person POV and Olivia’s third person, this book draws the reader with the mystery of what happened. The plot was so far stretch but I was drawn to the story of these two girls. The end was surprising but a bit rushed. It was an enjoyable read that I think many will like.
Should you read this? Yes. Beware the Girl was a clever book that was creeptastic.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!